Don't-Miss Utility software Stories
The drive you've been using for your Time Machine backups is now full. Chris Breen shows you how to move that backup to a more capacious drive.
Have you ever wished that when your Mac reminded you of an upcoming event, it would shout, "Hey! This is important!" to get your attention? Automator makes that possible.
You sit at Mac A. Mac B, on which you have an account, is being used by someone else. Chris Breen explains how both of you can work on Mac B at the same time using different accounts.
You've created a Boot Camp partition but, uh oh, it's not as expansive as you now need it to be. Chris Breen offers suggestions for fattening it up.
Staff writer Lex Friedman spends more time than ever with Siri, thanks to the improvements in iOS 6. But despite its many strengths, it still isn't perfect.
If you're like 97 percent of us, you toss files on the desktop with abandon. Need an easy way to clean it up? Automator and Chris Breen show you how.
OS X comes with its own utility for monitoring and analysing the traffic on your local wireless network. Glenn Fleishman has a walk-through.
Have some text documents that you'd like to save as spoken-word audio files? Automator provides the way.
Retire that old wooden suggestion box and create a modern, digital version with Apple's Automator.
Did you know that Google applications automatically update themselves? Where some find convenience, others are concerned. Chris Breen shows you how to stop it.
The Save dialog for apps that support OS X 10.8's Documents in the Cloud feature makes iCloud the default location for saving a new document. And Ted Landau found that you can't change the default folder location.
There's no technical reason that you shouldn't be able to stream any video from your iOS device to an attached TV. It's simply a matter of getting around the license restrictions. Chris Breen shows you how.
Though you can install Mountain Lion directly from your Mac's hard drive, a bootable installer drive can be more convenient for installing the OS onto multiple Macs. And if your Mac is experiencing problems, a bootable installer makes a handy emergency drive. We walk you through the process of creating such a drive, step-by-step.
Mountain Lion, like Lion before it, lets you boot your Mac into a special recovery mode called OS X Recovery. This mode includes a few essential utilities for fixing problems, restoring files, browsing the Web, and reinstalling the operating system. Here's our comprehensive look at this troubleshooting tool and the special Internet Recovery feature available on recent Macs.
TuneSpan lets you move parts of your iTunes library to other hard drives, but still use the content for playback and syncing as usual. Kirk McElhearn walks you through how to use it.